Geothermal System Installation Services for Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and all of Guilford County
Geothermal home heating continues to grow in popularity as it becomes a viable alternative to traditional forced-air HVAC systems. Geothermal heat pumps are environmentally friendly and extremely efficient since they optimize the heat exchange process. When installed properly, geothermal technology can help you save a lot of money on heating costs, but it’s important to work with a contractor who has experience installing these complex systems.
How Geothermal Works
Conventional air-to-air heat pumps lose significant efficiency when exposed to severe summer heat or cold winter temperatures. In contrast, a geothermal system uses the earth itself as the transfer medium, which helps facilitate a more efficient exchange of geothermal energy since the ground temperature remains very stable all year round.
To better understand exactly how geothermal systems work, let’s look at the three essential components that differentiate geothermal from traditional HVAC systems.
- Condensing Unit: The condensing unit includes the compressor, condensing coil and other components required to accommodate the refrigeration cycle.
- The Conduit: The conduit serves as the main pathway between the condensing coil and the earth, which expedites the energy transfer process.
- The Distribution Network: A geothermal system may include an evaporator coil and blower for forced air applications or a piping system for radiant heat.
Geothermal systems employ heat pump technology that operates in the same fundamental manner as an air-source heat pump. However, the geothermal process incorporates a specially designed loop-style heat exchanger. This configuration allows for the efficient exchange of energy between the ground and the unit.
The heat exchanger is connected to the earth by a unique polyethylene piping system. In a closed-loop system, antifreeze solution circulates through the piping network. Open-loop systems rely on an available water source, but they have become less popular in recent years.
Benefits of Geothermal
Geothermal systems provide numerous benefits when compared to conventional HVAC systems. In North Carolina’s Piedmont region, ambient temperatures can vary by more than 60 degrees between the highs of summer and the lows of winter. In contrast, the earth’s temperature hardly changes at all below the frost line. This stable temperature is why going with a geothermal heat pump can save up to 40 percent on cooling and heating costs when compared to a conventional 14 SEER heat pump. You’ll not only enjoy better efficiency, but a geothermal heating system provides consistent, even heat throughout every room in the building.
Environmentally-conscious people will appreciate the low carbon emissions associated with the technology. In fact, the EPA has published data demonstrating that geothermal offers the lowest CO2 emissions of any HVAC product currently in the marketplace.
Comprehensive Geothermal Service
Air Treatment Inc. provides complete geothermal services for residents in Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, Thomasville, NC, and the surrounding area. If you’d like to learn more about this amazing technology, call one of our friendly comfort specialists today.